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Waiting for Iskanian, Part 3 - Friends of the Plaintiff

As we await Thursday's oral argument before the California Supreme Court in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, in Part 3 of our series of posts, we'll take a look at the amici curiae supporting plaintiffs. ...more

Federal Arbitration Act Preempts California’s Broughton-Cruz Rule, Allowing Arbitration of all Claims Including Claims for...

A federal district court denied a motion to compel arbitration for claims for injunctive relief under California’s unfair competition law, Consumer Legal Remedies Act, and false advertising law but granted the motion as to...more

Clean-Up in Aisle 9: Ninth Circuit Finds Ralphs Grocery Company’s Arbitration Policy Unconscionable Under State Law Not Preempted...

As we have reported on several occasions, a string of United States Supreme Court cases over the past few years has strengthened the use and applicability of arbitration provisions in contracts. For example, in AT&T Mobility...more

Did You Know…The Continuing Saga Of Arbitration Agreements & Unconscionability

In light of the United States Supreme Court decision in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the California Supreme Court recently reversed its own prior decision where it had held that an arbitration agreement that requires an...more

Arbitration Wars: The California Supreme Court Strikes Back In Sonic II

On October 17, 2013, the California Supreme Court revisited the enforceability of arbitration agreements in California. The Court released its decision Sonic-Calabasas Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II). In that 5 – 2 ruling, the...more

California Confirms Preemption by FAA Over State Rule Barring Employee Waiver - Mostly

In Sonic-Calabasas A, Inc. v. Moreno (Sonic II), the California Supreme Court addressed an employee’s waiver of access to an administrative hearing, in this case a Berman hearing, in an arbitration agreement imposed as a...more

The Next Frontier Of Arbitration Litigation: Lessons From State Courts

After reading more than 40 decisions about arbitration from state high courts, issued just in the past eight months, I have two bits of wisdom to share....more

Ninth Circuit: Injunctive Relief Claims Relating Only to Past Harms to a Limited Class Are Not Exempt From Arbitration

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision favoring arbitration clauses in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals held in Kilgore v. KeyBank, N.A. that the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”)...more

Dodd-Frank News - March 2013: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Monthly Update

In This Issue: - Recent Cases ..CFTC Jurisdiction Under the Commodity Exchange Act ..Dodd-Frank Amendment to the TILA ..Preemption ..Say-On-Pay Voting ..Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements ...more

Check Your Arbitration Agreements After New Washington Supreme Court Case

A recent Washington Supreme Court case, Gandee v. LDL Freedom Enterprises, Inc., No. 87674-6 (Feb. 7, 2013), provides important insights into how Washington courts approach the enforceability of arbitration agreements in the...more

Washington Supreme Court: FAA Does Not Preempt State Law Prohibiting Arbitration Agreements in Insurance Contracts

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) does not preempt a state statute that prohibits binding arbitration agreements in insurance contracts....more

Dodd-Frank News: January 2013: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform And Consumer Protection Act Monthly Update

In This Issue: - RECENT CASES . Dodd-Frank Challenges Under the Administrative Procedure Act and Commodity Exchange Act . Preemption . Whistleblower Protection Under the Dodd-Frank Act . Arbitration...more

Class Action Waivers Are Enforceable Despite Any State Statutory Right To A Class Action

In Flores v. West Covina Auto Group, --- Cal.Rptr.3d ----, 2013 WL 139200 (Cal.App. 2 Dist. Jan. 11, 2013), the California Court of Appeal extended the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision in AT&T Mobility, Inc. v....more

2012 In Arbitration Law: Is Class Arbitration Naughty Or Nice?

The big issue in arbitration law in 2012 was class arbitration. Many state court opinions that had found class arbitration waivers unconscionable were preempted under federal law based on application of Concepcion. And the...more

Supreme Court Will Now Hear Two Appeals Concerning Class Arbitration

On Friday, December 7, 2012, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oxford Health Plans LLC v. John Ivan Sutter MD, No. 12-135 to address whether the parties to an arbitration agreement authorize class arbitration when the...more

SCOTUS Reigns Supreme On Issue Of Arbitration Of Non-Compete Agreements

Some states specifically allow non-compete agreements. Of those states, some have legislation that provides guidelines to parties to a non-compete agreement regarding enforceability. Other states take the approach that...more

U.S. Supreme Court Orders State Court To Adhere To Federal Arbitration Act And Compel Arbitration

The United States Supreme Court recently entered the latest of a series of opinions that prevent state courts from interfering with arbitration on state policy grounds. On November 26, 2012, the Court issued its per curiam...more

Recent Maverick Ruling in CA Appellate Court Finds Concepcion Does Not Overrule Gentry

Although the U.S. Supreme Court in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion found that the Federal Arbitration Act preempted California’s Discover Bank rule, which invalidated class action waivers in arbitration agreements in consumer...more

Non-Competes Pay a Rare Visit to the U.S. Supreme Court

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling in a non-compete case -- a type of dispute that rarely finds its way to the high court. See Nitro-Lift Technologies v. Lee, 568 U.S. --- (2012)....more

Non-Compete Agreements with Arbitration Clauses Get Boost From US Supreme Court

Employers and employees often enter into non-compete agreements that limit an employee’s ability to compete with an employer during, or after, the employee’s employment. These agreements are often the subject of intense...more

High Court Vacates State Supreme Court’s Arbitration Ruling in Noncompete Case

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a per curiam opinion, ruled that the Oklahoma Supreme Court failed to adhere to a correct interpretation of the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA). The Court vacated a decision made by the...more

To Compel Under the FAA or the MAA? That Is The Question

Often, when a plaintiff files a lawsuit, there’s an arbitration agreement somewhere in his or her personnel file. And, unbeknownst to the plaintiff’s counsel, the claims brought actually should be arbitrated—not litigated....more

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